Before I got pregnant with my first, my mom friends did their best to inform me about the plethora of side effects that would come with being pregnant. So, when I finally did get pregnant with my first, I felt like I had a pretty good understanding of these side effects, and that I had accepted many of the things that were going to happen to my body.
We all know that with pregnancy comes stretch marks on the tummy and hips, sore boobs, swollen ankles, and weird hair growth. I’m sure we’re all even aware that our feet can actually grow too, but are there side effects you weren’t prepared for? Are there things that are happening to your body that you had no idea would happen?
For me, there are 4 side effects of pregnancy, 4 things that have happened to my body, that I just wasn’t expecting. Continue reading to find out what they are...
1. Dry eyes– After I gave birth to my daughter, my vision really went downhill. Not wanting to wear glasses all of the time, I was fitted for contact lenses. Not long after I found out I was pregnant with this baby, I noticed that my contacts were driving me insane. They hurt, and I only wanted to wear them for a couple of hours at a time before I was dying to tear them out. Worried about my eyes, I went to see my eye doctor. She informed me that with pregnancy comes extremely dry eyes. She also told me that I may not be able to wear contacts for the rest of my pregnancy, and possibly even through breastfeeding. Apparently, unbeknownst to me, there are hormones from pregnancy and breastfeeding that can give you chronic dry eyes. No one warned me about this side effect, and now I am forced to wear my glasses every single day. For all you pregnant mamas that don’t wear contacts, this may not be an issue for you at all. However, if you’re like me and depend on contacts to be able to see anything, this side effect can be quite annoying.
2. Cherry hemangiomas and broken capillaries– When I was pregnant with my daughter, I felt like I had really prepared myself for stretch marks, and when they started to show up on my hips, it wasn’t a surprise. However, what was a surprise were these bright little red bumps/dots and the little clusters of red veins that started showing up mostly on the upper half of my body. Not knowing what they were, I asked my dermatologist friend. She took one look at them and told me they were cherry hemangiomas and broken capillaries, and that they tend to show up during pregnancy, and fade after you give birth. Ugh… yet another side effect no one told me about. Thankfully, she was right and most of them faded, but now with this pregnancy they have come right back. They are on my chest and arms, and make me feel self conscious in certain tops. I even have a couple on the palm of my hand!
3. Sensitive gums– Have any of you pregnant ladies noticed that your gums tend to bleed and hurt a little when you floss? Even if you have flossed for years? Well, this is just another peachy side effect of being pregnant. I had no idea this would happen to my gums! I can remember when I was pregnant with my daughter, going for a routine teeth cleaning at my dentist office, and it being so painful! My little bib around my neck had blood all over it. I was so embarrassed that my dental hygienist thought I wasn’t taking care of my mouth. Concerned, I asked her why she thought I was more sensitive. She nonchalantly told me that being pregnant makes your gums more sensitive. I had no idea.
4. Stretch marks on… my boobs– Why did any of my girlfriends not tell me about this?? I’m sure this doesn’t happen to every woman, but I can’t be the only one! I was prepared for the stretch marks on my hips and belly, but not for the ones on my breasts. I remember the first nasty looking dark stretch mark I found on my breast when I was pregnant with my daughter. I was mortified. I seriously think I sat in front of the mirror and ran my finger over it over and over again, and just cried. I was prepared for my boobs to literally go downhill with pregnancy, but the stretch marks really shocked me. It wasn’t long after the first stretch mark showed up that many more followed. Luckily, they faded after I gave birth, but they still really bothered me when I wore a lower cut shirt. Sadly, they have returned with this pregnancy too. I can handle the sagging, but the stretch marks are just too much!
Are there any side effects you weren’t prepared for? Are there things that are happening to your body that you had no idea would happen?